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02 Aug

Pray for CRM's Worldwide Conference, August 5–11

Every four years CRM sets aside time for all staff and Conext partners around the world to come together. Since the very first Worldwide Conference in 1998, this has been an essential component for sustaining momentum and a sense of dynamic community in our organization.

These are arguably some of the most important days for our organization. Conference has huge impact across CRM and across the world.

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31 Jul

Hope for Vulnerable Women at NEST Serbia: A CRM Special Project

What does it really mean to love your neighbor? Jesus’s command radically changes us from people focused on ourselves to people looking to help others, even those different from us.

In Serbia, our staff discovered just who their neighbors were: young moms entering into motherhood totally alone. 

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26 Jul

Where We Begin to Change the World: The Development of Love

It’s hard to put into words why I came to love Kolkata, the City of Joy. Its mayhem of movement and noise were overwhelming to my introvertedness, its poverty and need overwhelming to my sense of compassion and empathy, its emotionally honest and exuberant people overwhelming to my midwestern reserve. I don’t know why I loved it, but I did.

I think it had something to do with the community I found there. In the midst of heartbreaking and hopeless situations, I heard story after story of God’s people moved by compassion into the middle of the hardest places and worst neighborhoods. Their commitment inspired me. I wanted to become more like them. I wanted to take part in changing the pain of the world into joy.

I found a similar sense of kinship with the most well-known figure to have ever left home and country to serve God in that city, Mother Teresa.

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24 Jul

Where We Begin to Change the World: The Love of God

I first arrived in Kolkata, India in the quiet hours of the early morning. The calm on the streets was strangely incongruent with the chaos that would follow; it was as if the deserted street had to catch its breath before the onslaught of another day.

Once the city awoke, overwhelm and sensory overload became my normative experience. Kolkata is a city bursting at the seams with people, movement, noises, and smells, all of which left my head spinning. In addition, everywhere I looked there were signs of need and poverty. By the end of my first week on this short exposure trip, I was questioning how any person wanting to catalyze change in this setting could hope to make even a small dent.

Where would one even begin?

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18 Jul

Designed for a Purpose: Discovering Our Why as We Go [Video]

Before she left for Cambodia, we asked Olivia why she felt compelled to go (the video below is her response). Now, at the end of her first year of ministry, we asked her to describe her calling again.

Watch her pre-field thoughts on calling (make sure to turn on the sound!):

God has really given me a particular passion for multi-ethnicity and different cultures, language, and people groups—and given me a real burden for the poor. So, God has called me to do both of those things: to care about the poor and the marginalized, build relationships with them and love them, in cross-cultural contexts. So I’ll be moving to Cambodia and doing just that—seeking to love my neighbor.

–Olivia Wyatt, InnerCHANGE, 2016

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17 Jul

Zealous for God: A Fiery Dove in God's Kingdom

“Since all the world is but a story, it were well for thee to buy the more enduring story, rather than the story that is less enduring.” 
–Saint Columba (521-597)

Columba was a Celt, born and raised in Ireland. Ironically given a name meaning Dove, Columba’s fiery personality and zeal for God and his word, would be the source of great failures, and also the makings of the man—and of history. Columba has all the markings of an apostle, and his missionary vision and strategy still influence us today.

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12 Jul

Discovering God's Why in Oxford, Part 2 [Video]

With the big picture in hand, God sent me out to answer the second key question: What was he already doing?

Listen as Danny describes two final questions he needed to answer to discover God's why for his ministry...

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10 Jul

Discovering God's Why in Oxford, Part 1 [Video]

“Why do we need another American missionary in Oxford?”

This charming question was put to me during one of my first meetings in Oxford with a local ministry leader. We were sitting in his office, lounging on old leather recliners, sipping tea while enjoying the view of Oxford’s prestigious Christ Church College from his window.

I wish I could say I answered him with words of thoughtful wisdom or a thought-provoking question. But I was so rattled and taken aback that I launched into a long description of the many ways in which God had previously used us in London, followed by an equally verbose apologetic for our Oxford presence. He was not impressed, to say the least.

Listen as Danny shares his story of discovering God's vision...

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05 Jul

Prayer Circles in a Far Province

My birthday, May 23, 2002 was happily spent traveling along with a group of leaders through the northwest of Cambodia, to a region the Lord had never given me permission to travel to before. We were visiting pastors and their churches, praying for them as they served Jesus out on the fringes of the Kingdom. We asked the Lord to send laborers to extend his church.

Fast-forward more than a dozen years. God had moved me into more focused prayer efforts, riding my dirt bike around the whole circumference of Cambodia (5,000 km) twice each year. We called these expeditions “Prayer Circles.” I had made many more trips into that isolated northwest province and spent a lot of time praying there.

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03 Jul

The Father of a Missions Movement: Against All Odds

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” 
–William Carey (1761–1834)

According to the world’s measures, William Carey never should have amounted to much. Born into a family of weavers by trade, William Carey had no formal schooling past the age of 12 and was apprenticed to a shoemaker at age 16. These are surprising beginnings for the man who would later be dubbed “The Father of Modern Missions.” Carey’s story is a compelling demonstration of the power of vision and the calling of God.

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